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US President-elect Donald Trump. Photo: AFP

Andah John with agency reports

As many as three million undocumented immigrants could be deported from the United States when Donald Trump takes office.

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The US President-elect made this known in an interview to be broadcast Sunday.

“What we are going to do is get the people that are criminal and have criminal records, gang members, drug dealers, where a lot of these people, probably two million, it could be even three million. We are getting them out of our country or we are going to incarcerate,” Trump said in an excerpt released ahead of broadcast by CBS’s 60 Minutes program.

Trump made security at the US-Mexico border a central plank of his insurgent presidential campaign. This resulted in last Tuesday’s shock election victory against his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton.

Fencing could be used as wall

The real estate business mogul added that the barrier to be erected on the US border with Mexico may not consist entirely of brick and mortar, but that fencing could be used in some areas.

“There could be some fencing,” Trump says in his first prime-time interview since being elected president last week.

“But (for) certain areas, a wall is more appropriate. I’m very good at this, it’s called construction,” he tells CBS.